Melissa Posner, MD, is a neonatal-perinatal medicine specialist and says one should never underestimate a NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) baby.
“They may be small, but they are fighters,” Dr. Posner says. “And I tell parents to never underestimate themselves as a NICU parent. They are the strongest people I know. They have been through an incredibly difficult time and always seem to treasure their families and children even more so because of that.”
Dr. Posner says she loves seeing pictures and hearing stories of all the babies she’s cared for. “It is incredible to see these tiny babies, often born sick or premature, grow into smiling, mischievous, independent toddlers and children,” she says. “I love being able to care for so many new lives as they enter the world. Seeing a one-pound infant, I can't help but be amazed by this tiny miracle in front of me, and I wonder who they will be, and what they will accomplish in their life, and I feel so grateful that I was able to be a part of their journey.”
As a mother and a physician, Dr. Posner says she can’t imagine a greater privilege than being entrusted with the care of someone's child.
Dr. Posner is also a member of the division’s Neonatal Consult Service, providing prenatal consultation for high-risk pregnancies through Yale’s multidisciplinary Fetal Care Center. Her clinical interests include medical education, neonatal simulation training, and markers of neonatal sepsis.
Yale Medicine, Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital